Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Bolaji Ayorinde, has called on christians in the country to extend the love they have for their churches to the country by obtaining their permanent voters card (PVC) in order to vote during 2019 general elections.
He gave the charge while speaking as chief launcher at the presentation/launch of a book, "Selected ecumenical hymns, English and Yoruba (With tunes in Sol-fa-notation)", held at Methodist Church Nigeria, Cathedral of Light, Agodi, Ibadan.
Present at the ceremony include Mr Ayo Ladigbolu; immediate past President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Mr Wole Akinwande, Mr Areoye Oyebola, Mr Sola Abodunrin, who was Chairman, Planning Committee of the ceremony, Mr Gbenga Olatoyinbo, and Mr Olu Babalola.
Ayorinde said the time has come for churches and Christians to know that they are major stakeholders in the country, noting that this will help in preparing to actively participate in 2019 general elections rather than been passive observers.
According to him, the country more than ever needs the intervention of churches and Christians in charting a way forward, maintaining that it will be a great disservice for the churches to turn a blind eye when the country is more or less on fire given the myriads of problems facing it that include insecurity and unemployment.
He said, "We all know that the foundation of Christianity is love, it is therefore my appeal to my brothers and sisters in the Christian faith to extend the love they have for the churches to the country by not only getting their PVC but also effectively participating in 2019 general elections.
"And with love as the foundation of the churches, it is my belief that it will be easier for Christians to bear in mind that collectively they have a role to play in voting for candidates that will turn the fortunes of the country around for good."
Ladigbolu who was Chairman at the occasion, while insisting that the church is one before God, warned Christians not to see the killings of some Christians in the northern part of the country as a war on a particular denomination, but rather a problem that should be of greater concern to all Christians.
He maintained that at this period in the history of the country, the church must be together, stating that the battle of senseless killings of defenceless Christians by herdsmen must not be left to a particular denomination to confront but should be tackled by all.